I'd swear I mentioned the book 'Spanish Fly' by Will Ferguson in a previous thread, but that post appears to have vanished in a forum hiccup or something like that.
Anyway, I recently finished reading this novel. Basically, it is a story about a trio of con men "on a crime spree across the Southwest, pulling a series of elaborate and often hilarious cons" during Depression-era America.
I'd describe it as an entertaining read. A good deal of fact is mixed in with the fiction.
http://www.willferguson.com/articles/pe ... oches.html